3 Hot Trends for Kitchen Remodeling in 2012

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Jamie Goldberg Mulling a kitchen remodel but want to keep costs low? You’re au courant with today’s trends that emphasize options and high-tech wizardry at affordable prices. Trend #1: Remodeling scales back A new focus on moderation and value has entered the remodeling mind-set. Trends that are likely to show up in your kitchen […]

Turn Your Bathroom Into an At-Home Day Spa

May 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Resort-style fixtures can transform a boring bathroom. Not Bad: TV Mirror Need another reason to gaze at your reflection? Try a television mirror. Evervue sells mirrors with built-in HDTVs starting at $945. The screen is invisible when turned off and can be hooked up to a laptop or DVD player for homeowners looking to catch […]

3 Hot Trends for Bathroom Remodeling in 2012

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Jamie Goldberg From toilets that double as sound systems to water-conserving spa experiences, here’s what’s trendy for bathroom improvements for 2012. Trend #1:  Conservation rules All around the country, water reserves are stressed. In response, regional governments are implementing conservation measures. As a result, there are likely to be new regulations that’ll affect your […]

7 Hot Home Improvement Trends that Make Your Home Work for You

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By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Home improvement trends embrace energy efficiency, low maintenance exteriors, and double-duty space. Trend #1: Maintenance-free siding We continue to choose maintenance-free siding that lives as long as we do, but with a lot less upkeep. But more and more we’re opting for fiber-cement siding, one of the fastest-growing segments of the […]

4 Easy-Living, Universal Design Tips for Any Home

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: John Riha Here are some tips to get you started on incorporating universal design features in your home. One of the basic principles of universal design, also called ageless design, is that it makes homes more practical and safer for everyone — not just the elderly or people with limited mobility. These days, universal […]

Spring Cleaning the Anti-Martha Way

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon Martha Stewart spring cleans like a pro — because she is a pro. But the rest of us seek an easier way. Welcome to <i>The Anti-Martha Stewart Spring Cleaning Guide. For the record, we love Martha Stewart. She has elevated housekeeping to high art, which protects home values. Martha’s taught us […]

What I Learned from Mom

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Mother’s Day, and the best gift you can give Mom is three little words: You were right. Home bloggers and experts share the great advice Mom gave related to all things home. And, knowing that Mom isn’t perfect — just perfect for us — we also asked for words of wisdom that missed the […]

The Garden Scribe: Author Barbara Wise offers tips to help potted plants survive summer

May 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By KAKI HOLT, Special to the Palm Beach Daily News No matter whether you’re staying put or heading for cooler climes, Barbara Wise’s new book, Container Gardening for All Seasons, has some tips to give you a hand with your summer patio plantings. First, Wise advocates mixing different textures — fine, feathery foliage contrasts nicely […]

Granny Flat or In-Law Suite? Which is More Prudent?

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Dona DeZube If you need to house aging parents or adult children, or if your family is multi-generational, what’s better — an in-law suite or a little granny cottage in the back yard? If you need to house aging parents or adult children, or if your family is multi-generational, what’s better — an in-law […]

Use Lighting to Add Value to Your Bathroom

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lighting is a great way to give your bathroom a whole new look and feel – and it’s an easy way to add value to your home. Keep in mind that you can never have too much light in the bathroom.  It is recommended that you layer light sources to provide enough illumination for applying […]